Returning from an injury that sidelined him since February, embattled jockey Patrick Valenzuela wasted no time in winning his first race at Ruidoso Downs, for Quarter Horses, upon his return to racing Sept. 4.
Racing at Ruidoso Downs was canceled Aug. 6 following a torrential downpour with hail that hit the track several minutes before horses were set to come on to the track for the first race. The heavy rain lasted about 30 minutes.
On a stakes-loaded card for state-breds, trainer Todd Fincher dominated the July 31 program at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico has quarantined two barns after a horse was euthanized because of complications from equine herpesvirus.
The New Mexico racing commission added eight days to the schedule and also increased purses for overnight races.
Jockey Casey Lambert called it a career after taking the Thoroughbred riding title during Ruidoso Downs' summer meet, which concluded on Sept. 7.
Jockey Casey Lambert, who turns 50 Aug. 24 and has won nearly 3,400 races on Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, plans to retire from riding when the summer horse racing season ends Sept. 7.
All eyes will be on Ruidoso Downs' promising new rules to deter cheating. read blog
Ruidoso Downs Race Track has announced a new program that chairman R.D. Hubbard said is part 'our on-going effort to ensure the integrity and safety of the the sport and its participants.'
A memorial service for Rita J. Danley, a longtime member of New Mexico's Thoroughbred community, will held Aug. 21 at in the winner's circle at Ruidoso Downs.
Thoroughbred Rocky Gulch and trainer Cliff Lambert were among inductees into Ruidoso Downs' Racehorse Hall of Fame the evening of June 27 during a banquet in the track's All American Turf Club.
R.D. Hubbard, chairman and majority owner of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, announced Sept. 3 that serious drug offenders will be banned from the race track's private property beginning in 2013.
Explosively Fast, a son of Ghostly Moves, brought the top price for a Thoroughbred of $59,500 during the New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred yearling sale Aug. 18 at Ruidoso Downs.
The first winner by graded stakes victor Real Dandy prevailed by 11 3/4 lengths at Ruidoso Downs July 14.
Allegations that horses were purposely held at the start of the 2010 All American Futurity won by Mr Piloto are being disputed by Ruidoso Downs management.
Authorities on June 12 raided a racing stable in New Mexico and a horse ranch in Oklahoma tied to one of Mexico's most powerful and ruthless drug cartels.
The New Mexico Racing Commission has suspended the use of clenbuterol for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, effective April 20.
A national fundraiser for seriously injured Quarter Horse jockey Jacky Martin will be held at racetracks across the country Oct. 8, the Jockey's Guild said.
Members of the Jockeys' Guild will honor the late jockey Mark Villa and the seriously injured Michael Martinez during the weekend of Nov. 5-6.
A fund has been established to aid the family of jockey Mark Villa, who was killed in an accident at Zia Park Sept. 25.
More than 400 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse yearlings have been consigned to the New Mexico-Bred yearling sale to be held Aug. 20-21 at the Ruidoso Horse Sale Pavilion in Ruidoso Downs, N.M.
Two full brothers raced nose and nose for 7 1/2 furlongs at Ruidoso July 23, with 3-year-old Ocean Lad defeating 4-year-old Oceanor by a nose in a maiden claiming event.
Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico has indicated it will stay put if it gets tax relief from the state, but if not it plans to move to Las Cruces, located about 85 miles southwest.
Mine That Bird has returned to New Mexico, arriving Sept. 2 at Ruidoso Downs ahead of next week's $2-million All American Futurity.
Undefeated Peppers Pride will have to wait for another opportunity to run for the modern-day North American Thoroughbred record for most consecutive victories due to a sloppy track at Ruidoso Downs Aug. 31.
Peppers Pride's attempt to break the modern mark for consecutive wins by a North American Thoroughbred has been on hold for more than a month, yet her shot at glory may once again be at the mercy of the weather.
As Ruidoso Downs recovers from an overwhelming deluge July 26-27, plans for undefeated Peppers Pride's assault on the modern-day North American record for consecutive wins have been put on hold.
Ruidoso Downs is rebounding 24 hours after being pounded by seven inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.
Peppers Pride's assault on the modern North American Thoroughbred record for consecutive victories will have to wait until next weekend after Ruidoso Downs was forced to cancel its July 27 program due to a deluge dropped on the New Mexico track by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.
Undefeated Peppers Pride will be heavily favored when she goes for the modern-day North American Thoroughbred record of 17 consecutive victories in the $55,000 Lincoln Handicap at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs on July 27. Threatened thunderstorms, though, could keep her in the barn.
July 27 will be a big day for Joe Allen. The Texas resident will celebrate his 62nd birthday, and his homebred mare, Peppers Pride, will try to set a modern North American Thoroughbred racing record by posting her 17th consecutive victory.
The Kentucky Derby Museum has located War Admiral's 1937 Kentucky Derby Gold Cup Trophy, and it will be loaned to the museum for its Kentucky Derby Gold Cup exhibition in 2010.
Bruce Rimbo, president of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, will deliver the 2007 "Warner L. Jones Jr. Memorial Lecture on the Business of Racing" May 12 at the University of Louisville.
Comments from officials from the United States Trotting Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Greyhound industries mirrored concerns facing the Thoroughbred industry during a panel discussion at the opening session of the Association of Racing Commissioners International convention.
Tyger Norway, a yearling colt from the first crop of the Storm Cat stallion Norway, took the New Mexico market to new heights when he brought $127,000 on Aug. 21 to top the Ruidoso mixed sale.
Construction on Zia Park Racetrack and Casino in Hobbs, New Mexico can now begin after former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott filed Monday to have his lawsuit against the racing commission dropped.
Nevada businessman Shawn Scott, an applicant for a license to open a racetrack and casino in Hobbs, New Mexico, has filed a challenge to the state Racing Commission's selection of Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard.
The New Mexico State Racing Commission voted 3-to-1 to award Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard and his partnership a license to build and operate a new track and casino near Hobbs. Hubbard is the majority owner in the Zia Park partnership that also includes Ruidoso Downs president Bruce Rimbo, Ed Allred, the owner of the Los Alamitos racetrack in California and Paul Blanchard, the president of the Downs at Albuquerque.
Texas stallion Claudius scored his first winner from his first starter when Hi Teck Man posted his first win in his second career start in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight contest on June 21 at Ruidoso Downs.
The New Mexico Gaming Control Board recommended against renewing R.D. Hubbard's gaming license to operate Ruidoso Downs during a meeting on Wednesday.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has fined Pinnacle Entertainment more than $2 million and suspended the gaming license of Belterra Casino Resort for two days. The action by the commission came at its monthly meeting July 29 in Indianapolis.
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